Podcast: How the Pac-12 football schedule is created (with associate commissioner Duane Lindberg)

On Monday, the Pac-12 will announce kickoff times for Sept. 28. Only four games are scheduled, but at least two have division-shaping implications: USC at Washington and Washington State at Utah.

The start times and television networks will be determined, per usual, by a three-way draft featuring ESPN, Fox and the Pac-12 Networks.

Fortunately for fans interested in making tentative plans, we have obtained the selection order, which provides clues to the kickoff times.

It comes courtesy of Pac-12 associate commissioner for television Duane Lindberg, who spokes] at length with the Hotline recently about all things related to the conference’s football schedule — both the creation of the master schedule and the process of setting kickoff times during the season.

(Our conversation is available in full as a podcast at the bottom of this column.)

The draft order for Sept. 28:

No. 1 pick: Fox (likely FOX, 1 or 5 p.m.)
No. 2 pick: Fox (likely FS1, night)
No. 3: ESPN (likely 7:30)
No. 4: Pac-12 Networks (flexible)

If we cross-match the games with the selection order, it’s reasonable to conclude USC-Washington will be a FOX broadcast (over-the-air) pick for the afternoon.

Unless something changes, Washington State-Utah makes sense as the No. 2 pick — both teams are ranked — and Lindberg believes the game would be an FS1 broadcast at night from Salt Lake City.

Would ESPN select UCLA-Arizona or Stanford-Oregon State with the No. 3 pick?

We expect UCLA-Arizona, because Oregon State isn’t a TV draw and Stanford lost its appeal last weekend (and Chip Kelly is Chip Kelly and the L.A. market is the L.A. market).

Let’s tentatively slot that game into the 7:30 p.m. window.

The Pac-12 Networks, with Stanford-OSU, likely would broadcast during the day.

(If ESPN selects Stanford-OSU, the Pac-12 Networks would show UCLA-Arizona at night.)

The selection order for Sept. 28 was one of numerous insights Lindberg, who works closely …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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